Arjen Robben’s decision to retire was inspired by the documentary The Last Dance on the career of NBA legend Michael Jordan.
Robben shocked the football world this weekend by announcing that he will put on his boots again to play for his home club FC Groningen.
And it turned out that the Dutch club used The Last Dance to convince Robben to retire – just like the Chicago Bulls Jordan icon.
Former Chelsea The star Robben started his career in Groningen in 1996, and the club tried to convince him to reconnect with them when he hung up the boots after leaving Bayern Munich in May of last year.
But the club did not give up on their attempts to bait the former Dutch international and found an ingenious way to persuade him.
They showed the 36-year-old a montage of clips from Jordan from The Last Dance, interspersed with footage of Robben’s own extremely successful career, according to BBC Sport.
And it seemed to do the trick, convincing Robben to sign a yearlong contract with the club, he made his debut as a 16 year old.
“I’m here to help the club,” said Robben, who has won the Champions League and eight Bundesliga titles with Munich as well as various honors with Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSV.
“You do this by showing the right attitude. I have nothing to lose and I challenge myself with a positive attitude and I try to make the most of it.
“I haven’t set any goals, it could be finished in a month or it could last two years.”
Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, retired in 1993 after inspiring the Bulls for three consecutive NBA champion titles.
He reversed his decision in 1995 and led the team to another consecutive title between 1996 and 1998.
Jordan retired again in 1999, but made another U-turn, playing two seasons for the Washington Wizards between 2001 and 2003.
Netflix the documentary The Last Dance was about Jordan’s career – especially his last season with the Bulls.
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